Happy St. Patrick’s Day! St. Paddy’s Day Food & Drink Events in Vancouver!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Follow Me Foodie to St. Paddy’s Day Irish Food & Drink Events!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I would say it with an Irish accent, but it would come out sounding like a pirate. Put down your bowl of Lucky Charms and pot of gold, or just hand me the pot… of GOLD I meant! St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday, but it’s also considered a “feast day” in Irish culture… which means I celebrate it every day.

Anyways it’s officially St. Paddy’s Day tomorrow, Saturday March 17, and if you don’t have plans yet, not to worry because there are events happening all over town – you can drink yourself silly. If you missed my Foodie Friday segment on NEWS 1130AM radio this morning (11am every other Friday) here’s a quick recap.

PS: It is “St. Paddy” and not “St. Patty”.

Follow Me Foodie to St. Paddy’s Day Irish Food & Drink Events!

The Irish Heather – It’s the only Irish owned Irish pub in Vancouver and if you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated than I would suggest The Irish Heather. They don’t do the big green hats, green beer or hand out four leaf clovers, but they do have an extensive supply of affordable and premium whiskeys, Irish beers and a special St. Patrick’s Day menu. They’re serving all the popular Irish favourites from their regular menu including Soda Bread, Bangers ‘n’ Mash, Irish Stew, Corned Beef, Baked Gammon, Sticky Toffee Pudding and much more! It’s only happening on Saturday and they’re also featuring traditional live Irish music and dancers. To top things off, there is no cover charge. The Irish Heather and the Shebeen are guaranteed to turn 4 times over this one day even with their 200 seats!

For more details – see here.

Photo credit: Vacay.com

Ceili’s Irish Pub – It’s probably one of the biggest St. Paddy’s Day celebrations with 3 locations in Kitsilano, Granville, and Richmond and it’s Vancouver’s largest Irish Pub with a roof top patio. The music starts at 10am-10pm and the party continues long after that. It’s a very casual atmosphere featuring a few Irish specialties including beer, Bangers n’ Mash, beer, Lamb Stew, beer, and the usual American pub food. Cost of a pint of Guinness is $7.75 (plus tax) and they’ll be playing the England VS Ireland rugby match to kick off their events.

For more details – see here.

Doolin’s Irish Pub – The doors open at 9am and the line and beer start flowing probably at the same time. Doolin’s Irish Pub will also be showing the Ireland VS England Rugby match at 10am followed by Irish music performances. DJ Paul will be spinning Irish tunes all night and don’t forget about the Canucks VS Blue Jackets game because although it’s St. Paddy’s Day, the Canucks really need our support.

For more details – see here.

Raincity Grill – This probably wasn’t what you were thinking for St. Paddy’s Day, but Raincity Grill is in on the celebrations. Not only does the restaurant “go green” with local ingredients and sustainability in mind, but they’re literally going green for this Irish occasion. Raincity Grill is offering a 2 course menu for $20 featuring your choice of “Green Eggs and Ham”, which includes green scrambled eggs, ‘sloping hills pork and potatoes; a delicious crab omelet; Bubble & Squeak Hash, which features poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce; Irish stew prepared with lamb cheeks; a Smoked Salmon Brioche made with poached eggs; or Green Fish n’ Chips. The St.Patrick’s Day brunch is available on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th. To see my previous brunch experience at the Raincity Grill – see here.

For more details – see here.

The Teahouse in Stanley Park – So I thought the Irish only drank beer? Although they do love their beer, they also love their tea, and their whiskey! On Wednesday March 21 from 6-7:30pm The Teahouse will be celebrating Jameson Irish Whiskies. Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jameson 1780, 12 yr, Redbreast Irish Whiskey, 12 yr, and “Luck of the Irish” Cocktail will be featured along Irish-inspired canapes to complement. $30/person not including taxes and gratuity.

For more details – see here.

Pier 73 – If you’re trying to avoid downtown, but still want in on the celebrations there is also Pier 73 at The Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel. They’ve created a special St. Patrick’s Day Menu. Leprechaun not included.

Whole Foods Market – On March 17 from 6-8pm Whole Foods West Vancouver is putting on a “Luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day Tasting”. For a minimum of $10 (100% proceeds to the Whole Planet Foundation to stop world hunger charity), you can sample Guinness Bundt Cake, Irish Lamb Stew, Dubliner and Whiskey Cheese, Black and Tan Braised Lamb Shanks, and Reed’s Natural Ginger Ale. For the kids, March 17 will also feature a St. Patrick’s day cookie decorating event 12-2pm at the Front End with a minimum donation of $1.

At the Whole Foods Market on Cambie Street location there will be a St Patrick’s Day Beer and Cheese Tasting Event on Friday March 16 from 6-9pm – see here for details.

Urge Chocolates – Last, but not least is this little tip for my dessert lovers and chocoholics. Have you ever had a Banoffee Pie? It’s an English dessert (adapted by the Irish) made with bananas, toffee, and cream and Urge Chocolates has transformed this pastry into a chocolate. Chocolatier and owner Dirke Botsford describes his Banoffee Truffles as “a banana cream pie, but better”. It has a smooth creamy banana ganache and a hint of silk toffee. Who needs the “Pot of Gold”, when you can have a taste of gourmet?

For more details – see here.

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